The novel The Bluest Eye (1970) is a story written by the, then, first-time author Toni Morrison that was published in the year of 1970 (Jimoh, 2012) Even though the novel has been published decades ago, it has somehow found its way in today’s society for its ability to relate to the characters and the plot of the story. This is the reason as to why I decided to discuss this piece of work. Specifically, what techniques and strategies Morrison used to portray the main character of Pecola Breedlove, which consists of her obsession with blue eyes as well as the imaginary friend Pecola encounters at the end of the novel. Aside from that, the essay will also bring up her development throughout the story, how Pecola is looked upon by the other characters and from the narrator’s perspective and finally, the conclusions I have come up.
As mentioned above, Pecola Breedlove is the main character of The Bluest Eye (1970).
The story follow her life as a young black girl growing up poor in the early years of the 1940s after the Great Depression in Morrison’s hometown of Lorain, Ohio. Aside from stating this information in the book, Morrison also uses many techniques in order to show the reader the kind of character that Pecola is. Perhaps one of the most central subjects in the story …show more content…
By the end of the novel, because of the obsession with being beautiful as well as the much desired love she did not receive for the whole of the story, it takes a toll on her sanity and the line between reality and fantasy becomes more and more blurry as the story goes on. This resulted in a creation of an imaginary friend that gave Pecola the love and attention she craved so much. The imaginary friend that Pecola created, ultimately turns out to be herself. She used her imagination as a way to cope with the things and the horrific events she went through in her younger years. Afterall, even though we are our greatest enemy, we are also our greatest